Sport promotes unity, discipline, says minister

LOCAL Government and Housing Minister John Phiri (middle) takes on Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Given Lubinda (right) in a race during the official launch of the Lusaka Mayor Tournament at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: JEAN MANDELA.

GOVERNMENT recognises the importance of sports in promoting unity and discipline in the country.
Minster of Local Government and Housing John Phiri said this at the 2015 Mayoral Tournament at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka yesterday.
Phiri said sports promote unity in the nation.
He said in appreciation of the important role sports play, Government has increased funding towards the development of sport.
“However, the efforts of the government alone cannot adequately harness the massive sports potential existing in our country. For this reason, I urge co-operating partners to support our youths, sportsmen and women so that they can develop their talents and realise their full potential,” Phiri said.
The minister said sports also promote good health.
“Regular physical activity can produce long-term health benefits, which include prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke,” he said.
And Lusaka Mayor George Nyendwa said sport can be used to fight vices such as crime, prostitution and drug abuse among others.
“The tournament, therefore, generally seeks to promote healthy life styles and ongoing positive socialisation among the people of Lusaka, regardless of their ethnic background or political affiliations.
The theme of the event was ‘Embracing One Zambia One Nation through Sports’.

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